Boost for live export animal welfare

by Editor
Monday, May 11, 2009

Australias Agriculture Minister Tony Burke announced four new projects under the Live Animal Trade Program, which funds training, education and infrastructure improvements in overseas ports that process Australia’s live animal exports. The livestock export industry has agreed to provide additional funding to support some of these projects.

The projects will deliver: Infrastructure upgrades and technical assistance on animal handling and processing standards for unloading ports in Kuwait, Jordan and Qatar; Low-stress animal handling and transport training for stock handlers at feedlots and ports in Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan and Egypt; New standard operating procedures for the training of those involved in livestock handling and slaughter in Asia; and upgrades to unloading facilities, the installation of new animal restraint boxes and new stunning equipment to improve animal welfare outcomes in Vietnam.

Burke said the Government had now approved projects worth more than $2.4 million under the program which was given a four-year, $7.6 million extension in 2008.

The live animal export industry generates revenue of more than $900 million annually and supported more than 10,000 rural and regional jobs, Mr Burke said.